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The Office of Public Health Practice & Training

Frederick, Maryland: A Case Study

Interviews with residents and with public health professionals explain how concerns about a possible link between cancer rates in the community and the chemicals buried in Fort Detrick led to a cancer cluster investigation. The investigation’s findings, its aftermath and the community’s hopes for the future are also documented.

1.4 The Future
9:36
April 29, 2013
Investigators explain the study's next steps. These include the examination of new cancer registry data on lymphoma. Residents discuss their hopes for future research, regulation and cleanup.

6:28
April 28, 2013
People from Frederick, Md. share their cancer experiences and concerns about nearby Fort Detrick, which developed biological weapons until 1969. Chemicals buried there have been detected in groundwater.
 
9:20
April 29, 2013
Frederick community members and public health professionals share their perspectives on the cancer cluster investigation's history and its process as well as the challenges investigators faced.
 
6:25
April 29, 2013
Investigators discuss their conclusions to date based on the available evidence and inherent limitations. Community members share their reactions to the findings.
 
9:36
April 29, 2013
Investigators explain the study's next steps. These include the examination of new cancer registry data on lymphoma. Residents discuss their hopes for future research, regulation and cleanup.